The Changing United Nations: Options for the United States

The Changing United Nations: Options for the United States

The Changing United Nations: Options for the United States

The Changing United Nations: Options for the United States

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Although the United Nations continues to have a major interest in the maintenance of peace, the limitation of arms, and the protection of human rights, it has changed significantly since it was founded in 1945. However, the major change that will have the greatest effect on the United States is the formation of a common front on economic policy by the developing countries.

The purpose of this volume is to describe and evaluate UN activities in all of these areas with special attention to the challenge of the third world. The United States must carefully weigh its options for dealing with the problems posed by the changing UN. To describe the nature of these options is a major goal of this study.

The authors of these essays are affiliated with various universities, research organizations, and government agencies. The views that they express, however, are their own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the institutions with which they are associated nor those of the Academy.

The Academy wishes to express its appreciation to David A. Kay, who organized the project and edited the volume, and to William Farr, Gordon Miller, and Frederick Wegener for their editorial assistance. The Academy is indebted to Harvey Picker, dean of the School of International Affairs, Columbia University, and Aaron W. Warner, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs, Columbia University, for chairing the sessions of the conference held at Columbia University. A distinguished group of knowledgeable persons participated in panels at the conference. Among them were Roberta Cohen, James Mittelman, John P. Entelis, Giulio Pontecorvo, and Carlyle E. Maw. The Academy wishes to thank the participants in the conference and the contributors to this volume.

ROBERT H. CONNERY
President of the Academy . . .

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